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"The Breakfast Club (25th Anniversary Edition)" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

The Breakfast Club is the story of five high school students who are all stuck together for detention on a Saturday morning.  While they all might attend the same school, they all have very different backgrounds and lifestyles, and during the time that they have to spend together come to realize that they have more in common than they thought at the start of the day.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 1985, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 32 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English DTS-MA, Color, Widescreen
  • Starring: Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez
  • Directed by John Hughes
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Discussed
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Directed by the late John Hughes, The Breakfast Club is one of the classic films from the 1980's that almost everyone has seen, if not multiple times.  I've seen it more times than I can count, and no matter what I say about it, people are going to love it and all the memories it brings back from that era.  Of course, watching it again I can't help but notice all the things I didn't really pay as much attention to before, like the idea that if you'd just put on some makeup and look pretty, the star athlete will want to date you (as opposed to dating you for who you are), and that the geek will do your work for you, and that you'll go date the bad boy to get back at your father.  I still enjoyed watching the film again, I just didn't enjoy some of the messages now that I was watching for them.

Technical

The transfer of The Breakfast Club is good, but not fantastic.  The opening credits aren't totally stable, which seems to indicate that the transfer from film wasn't as stable as it could have been, or that the original film wasn't perfect to begin with.  Detail and color are representative of film from the 1980's: A bit muted in the colors, pretty good detail but not fantastic.  The Breakfast Club wasn't a huge budget film when it was shot, and because of that you can only get so much detail out of the elements that you started with.  One of the most memorable things about the film is the soundtrack, and the Blu-ray does a very good job with that.  Vocals are also very clear, and it's the best that the film has probably ever sounded.

Extras

The Blu-ray contains a commentary track (Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson), a 12-part documentary, a featurrette on the Brat Pack, and the trailer.